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payne. we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's nancy loo has been following the story and joins us live outside the woman's home in the south shore neighborhood. >> reporter: well, as you might guess, this incident is the talk of the neighborhood and residents are split. some are siding with the woman who open fire on two yuck children while other -- young children and others say she took things too far. regardless, chicago police are siding with her. the 68-year-old elderly widow who lived alone in this small home is staying behind closed doors today. and through a friend she is requesting privacy. >> she is emotionally distraught. she doesn't want to talk. she wants to try to find a way to take care of the damage that the children caused. >> indeed, windows are broken and loose bricks are on her property. she told police the 12 and 13- year-old boys now charged had broken her windows and returned later to throw bricks at her. that's when she pulled out a gun and opened fire hitting the 12-year-old in the arm. neighbors say the same boys had b
to know more than enbridge what has caused this incident. we do strive for 0 incidents. this concerns us and we take it very seriously. >> the longer term clean-up still needs to be investigated, the impact to ground water, how far it's gone into the soil, that kind of thing. >> reporter: what needs no investigation, whether this spill will hit chicago drivers in the wallet. it's happening already. depending on where you fill your tank, gas prices are already up between 15 and 20 cents a gallon, with room to go even higher. if you think it's no big deal, just talk to a chicago cabby. >> it become very scary for us. >> reporter: it's likely to get scarier still, unless another way can be found to provide oil normally carried by this pipeline, or to get this fixed fast and the crude flowing again. >> bottom line, this is a big deal, especially for the chicago area, because this pipeline feeds four of the major refineries that produce gasoline around this area. >> reporter: and because of this spill, analysts say gasoline prices in the chicago land area are going up, while the rest of the n
. >>> officials with the rta predict it will cost you more to use public transportation next year. the rta says there will nobody major expansion of chicago's transit system for many years. and fare increases will be necessary to keep existing system running. the red line expansion and metro line improvements are on hold. the state owes the rta $300 million this year. so in an agreement to free spare is to years is void unless funding comes through. >>> mayor daley must submit a new city budget plan next month. tonight he will host the last of three public hearings on that budget. the city faces a deficit of more than $600 million. the mayor plans to take suggestions and questions tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the north grand high school gymnasium that's at 4338 west avenue. >>> the bear's say there is one pro-- the mayor's wife say there is one program that will remain. maggie daley celebrating 20 years of her program after school matters. it helps chicago children by teaching them job skills and introducing them to the arts. as for her husband's decision to retire from city hall, maggie daley says
is the technology that law enforcement also has at its access and that allows us to legitimately track known child pornography images. >> reporter: last month lisa madigan announced she would be cracking down on child pornographers by tracking on their computers. they've been trading and transporting images. wgn news. >>> the alligator found in buffalo grove this week, the owner could be facing jail time. he admitted to keeping the gator in a large enclosure with sunken ponds and water falls with brick walls and fencing. if charged he could face up to 30 days in jail and a $1500 fine. he could be headed to the alligator of the world theme park in florida. >>> still ahead: tow troubles. drivers forced to pay hefty fees in one neighborhood. >>> and using your own body fat by making you look better. streak transplants using fat from your other cheeks. >>> i've been kicked out mexico, out of canada. i'm the only to be deported back to the united states three times. >> local latin comics finding their voice. >>> and jim ramsey will tell us how far the temperatures will fall this week. [ female announc
on saturday night. he was arrested for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device. these are serious charges, and authorities say he wanted to blow up willis tower and hurt the mayor, and more, all to prove a point. >> his attempt was to kill as many poem as he could in an area of town that was highly populated in a time of night that could create as much destruction as possible. >> reporter: a resident of lebanese decent, like twept somethings, his facebook page is filled with photos, and nothing to say about his plot to blow up citizens in wrigleyville. undercover agents set him up with explosive device, and it was a rock concert going on just a half a block away. >> everything from his perspective was working and ready to go. he set it for a 20 minute explosive period, set out on foot, dropped it into a receptacle and left and was arrested shortly thereafter. >> i was running down the side streets, didn't think much about it and went back it work johe wasn't skilled at carrying out such a scheme and who knew he had had bigger plans for des
welcome our viewers watching us around the country on wgn. america. and julian cruze join us with the latest. >> reporter: the two most colorful members of rod blagojevich's legal steam out. sam adam junior and senior are expected to be in federal court tomorrow and formally ask the federal judge to be dropped from the high profile case. the motion details some of the reasons behind the decision. he's out of money and he's entitled to a pair of court appointed attorneys and a parallel. and the ex-governor had a team of 14 lawyers and seven parallels and staff for the first trial. to given the limitations this time around, the adams duo asking to be dropped from the case. and in today's motion they say that they reached their decision in concert with rod blagojevich and other members of his legal team. two other defense attorneys are expected to remain on board. they'll defend the ex-governor against a beefy of corruption charges. rod blagojevich was convicted on one counts of lying to federal investigators, 23 other nay harrisburgtowned flrnt reports that the adam as team wou
our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's randy belesomo is live outside the 18th police district with details. >>> good afternoon. the man is now being held here in the 18th district lock up after police caught him raping the young woman. sources tell us that he terrorized his victim. the incident happened at 11:30 last night at 1100 block of west dicons near depaul. police say the attacker is 19 years old. lives on the south side and sources say he has been known -- is a known sexual predator. victim is a 28-year-old woman. her neighbor called police when he found a purse on the back stairway of their apartment building. when police arrived they noticed an open wingdo and found the woman being raped inside. we spoke with the sister of the young man who called for help when he spotted the victim's handbag. >> what he thought it was maybe someone stolen the purse, came back here to go through and then left and then he saw the window and wasn't sure why that was kind of creepy. >> reporter: the woman was transported to northwestern memorial hospital
here who are watching us around the country on wgn america. federal investigators have been watching hassoun for a year and a half. as wgn's jay miller reports, some of his albany park neighbors are stunned by the news after the arrest. >> reporter: people here in the 4700 block of north kedzie are in absolute shock. they say 22-year-old sami samir hassoun seemed like a normal guy. they say he was a nice guy. however, federal officials say he had a dark side and a deadly plan. one that included killing mayor daley. >> i was in shock. i could never expect that from him. he didn't look like that kind of a man. >>> eva works a few doors down from this man. 22-year-old sami samir hassoun who was arrested saturday in wrigleyville after allegedly plotting to set off a bomb as hundreds left the packed rock concert just after midnight. >> he didn't look like that kind of a person. >> reporter: but according to the fbi, he was that kind of person. officials say a year long investigation says he had plans to blow up willis tower. set off car bombs around the city and kill mayor daley so an ass
the u.s. steel plant used to stand. they are talking about making it a mutual use facility bringing in the jobs. and the union brought their truck through, because, they had union members here staging a rally talking about backing candidates who will put people to work. >> up with of those to speak was jesse jackson, jr. and he is being mentioned as a potential candidate to run for mayor of chicago to replace richard daley. but he was a no show leaving his wife to deal with the reporter's questions concern hog in the family is planning on running for mayor. the congressman or she? >> i have considered it, i'm less inclimbed to to it. i believe whoever does it has to understand the nature of the city's finances and has to have a reach that's tkphroeubl enough to help companies emerge into the markets. and one with that qualification to steer in the future. my husband has that absolutely. >> the congressman, we're told, was home sick with the flu. as you heard she does not sond like a candidate but her husband sounds undecided. >> thank you, robert. >>> a scary moment in yesterday's c
afternoon, i'm steve sanders. >> i'm allison payne. we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's julian crews is live at police headquarters with more on the march. julian? >> reporter: good afternoon. the protest just ended a short while ago having lasted less than two hours. now mayor richard m. daley is on the record supporting his police superintendent, but the mayor's recent decision to step aside leaves jody weis in limbo with his contract set to expire in a growing number of people clamoring for his resignation. >> some people better rise up to the occasion and start talking to mayor daley and say, listen what we are doing is not working. >> this isn't good for us and not for the citizens of chicago. >> we need to begin the search now for the new superintendent. this superintendent's contract is up on february 1. we shouldn't be wasting time until the last moment. >> harsh word for a vulnerable jody weis. embattled police superintendent is hearing it from all sides from chicago aldermen urging him to resign and from rank and file patrolmen
on the southwest side of the city with that story for us. >>> good afternoon. the superintendent of police says despite all of the speculation, that he has to remain focused on doing his job. now, at a dedication here at new calmica academy on the southwest side, mayor richard m. daley defended weis' performance and defended his superintendent saying that he is doing a good job. now the "sun-times" report says that weis knows his days are numbered. >> i don't know who is spreading that rumor. you get a lot of blah spread every day. this man came in and did the job that was necessary. in regards to another generation of young men and women in the police department and the caps program and everything else that he has done. he has done a very, very good job and i'm proud i appointed him. >> with superintendent jody weis in attendance, the mayor praised the head of the chicago police department who faces labor trouble, a disheartened police force set to march in protest to headquarters and controversy over a recent meeting with gang leaders. weis drew fire from critics who say that his face to face
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other, next block, it's still sad that it is -- that we have so much anger in us that we feel the only thing we can do is kill. >> reporter: daryl jackson is now busy with funeral arrangements and tells me the somber occasion will be more than a final farewell to detenten you. he wants the funeral to be a forum to inspire more people to fight violence and settle disputes peacefully. two bowen students are in custody. charges are pending. live at area 2 police headquarters, nancy loo, wgn news. >>> a teenager charged with shooting to death a cps student will face a bond judge today. 18-year-old is accused of killing daryl dj mckinney. this shooting happened in humboldt park on august 28. police say thompson opened fire on a rival gang member but two bullets ended up hitting mckinney in the chest. mckinney would have been a sophomore at orr academy high school. >> and police are looking for the suspect responsible for the death of an oak park man. 41-year-old pedro was found dead in his garage yesterday with trauma to the head. officials say the victim was on his way to work when he was
department. tell us what you think. would you like to see jody weis stay on as the top cop after daley leaves office? text yes or no to 97999 or go to wgntv.com. >>> george ryan wants to ask a judge to let him out of prison early. not only are his lawyers challenging his conviction, but they're pleading that ryan's wife is terminally ill. the 76-year-old laura lynn ryan isn't expected to live more than a few years. she was in court attached to an oxygen tank with her son. dan webb says the so-called honest services law curtailed by the supreme court this summer should nullify some of the convictions. >> george ryan subpoena now in prison serving time for something that the united states supreme court said is not a crime. >> we argued he breached his duties but also that he was bought and paid for. i believe the ryan trial meets the higher burdens. >> all sides in the ryan case will be back in court on november 1. >>> burning upheaval of the florida pastor's plans to burn the muslim holy book. he planned to torch the koran on saturday. today he buckled under intense pressure. now he says he's
in for steve sanders. >> i'm allison payne. we welcome our views -- viewers who are waving us around the country on wgn america. muriel clair is live with our top story. >> 60-year-old ofelia garcia and 37-year-old maria garcia in this case both whom are in custody walked into the courtroom this morning calmly looking out at the crowd of spectators to connect with family and friends who may be among them. and garcia immediately connected with someone and began smiling and waiving and blowing kisses before she finally took her seat at the defense table. garcia and her co-defendant, 37- year-old maria garcia overra are charged with planning an acid attack on espiranza medina and hiring three teenagers to carry it out. it happened in july of 2008. victim espiranza medina, a social worker was on her way to work at 6:00 a.m. when the three teenagers confronted her and threw battery acid in her face. craig enderson, the assistant states attorney said during closing arguments he asked how did three teenagers in cicero end up in logan square at 6:30 a.m. just in time to attack the victim? th
offered to buy a u.s. senate seat while apologizing about a relationship he had with a washington, d.c., restaurant hostess. good afternoon. i'm steve sanders. >> and i'm allison payne. we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. >>> wgn's julian crews is live outside the congressman's southeast side home with more on the fallout. >> reporter: good afternoon. congressman jesse jackson, jr., clearly in no rush to answer reporter's questions. there is no sign of him here at his south shore home. he said to be en route in his washington, d.c., office. yesterday in a written statement, the congressman said that the allegations the smith seat allegations are nothing new. he continues to deny that he offered campaign cash to then governor rod blagojevich. all in exchange for the vacant senate seat. but revelations about a washington, d.c., cigar and martini whoitous are almost overshadowing the other allegations. new photographs surfacing of a part time model. a "sun-times" report says jackson asked a businessman and contributor to pay for two plane ticket
're going to go out and poll. >> reporter: a will the -- lot of polling going on. told us in this studio today that she loves the job she has now but has refused to rule out a run for mayor. >> thank you. >>> 82 years old and a veteran chicago politician is running again. the oldest member of the city council wants an 11th term. he feels his experience is needed because of daley's retire. >> a new mayor is going to need someone like myself to guide him. this is going to be an awesome responsibility. >> the people on this ward are very much ready for a change. they're ready for someone with a vision, determination, someone that's going to be very service-oriented to the people. >> or her. his youthful opponent could be tough to beat. he won his last election by just 700 votes. >>> man accusing of doing everything from assassinating mayor daley painting the water in chicago remains behind bars. sami samir hassoun faced a court today. he requested a psychology evaluation. the attorney reports he is competent to stand trial but things need to be considered. >>> 19-year-old george lash was sh
nearby. >>> we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's robert jordan is live in evanston with the top story today. >> reporter: thank you. this all began with an explosion at about 3:56 this morning in evanston. the police descended on the park here near the nichols school. they were unable to pinpoint the location of that explosion. but a person who was in the area was out walking his dog. he says he is not usually up that early in the morning. but the dog woke him and that's with a caused him to get up and take him out at that time. >> my dog woke me up. maybe a little before 4:00 this morning. loud boom. shook the windows and everything. >> reporter: the explosion jarred the sleeping neighborhood around 4:00 in the morning. almost an hour later dale wyatt was walking his dog buddha in the park near nichols school. then the dog began to pull at his leash. >> and i thought he was chasing a rabbit because he was determined and we got about 15 feet away and i could smell but like something. and i got closer and honestly i thought it was a mannequ
us around the country on wgn america. and we begin with some breaking news. former president jimmie carter has been hospitalized. according to the associated press, president carter experienced an unknown health issue on a flight to cleveland. he had been transferred to metro health hospital in cleveland or has been. no word on his condition. we will bring you more information as it becomes available. >>> our other top story, she was disfigured by an acid attack two years ago. today she is ready to face her accused attackers in court. >>> wgn's muriel clair is live at cook county criminal court with that story. >> reporter: good afternoon. acid victim espiranza medina is in the courthouse. she is waiting to be called into the courtroom. she in earlier interviews this week promised she would wear a black dress. a black sleeveless dress and she is wearing one with cut low in the back and cut low in the front. so that her scars are in full display for the two women who allegedly planned the assault on her that caused her to be disfigured for life. espiranza medina is the prosecution's
have a country away. good evening i'm micah materre. >> and i'm mark suppelsa. who is using atms to steal the money? tom negovan is at the wheeling police department today. [ no audio ] >> a lot of people ahead of me and some people behind me. >> reporter: rich valenzo one of a stream of people making a statement today with missing money and a fee charge. the person used his information at another bank. six other loams have been taken for the same. >> $500 was taking out of my checking account by a debit card in pasadena while i was having lunch. >> reporter: you heard her right. she was in chicago having lunch. it has been happening with residents of both wheeling and buffalo grove. it's the same complaint over and over again. police have a stackup. even they are blown away by the number of cases. >> what we are telling people is call your banks, let them know you're concerned about their doesn't cards. you want to make sure it hasn't been accessed. and then if that doesn't work, cash is the way to go. >> reporter: they do business at an array of different banks. amounts ranging
are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's judy wang is live in roseland with our top story. >> good afternoon. michael pierce's family says that they had a shotgun in the house for protection. they purchased it legally and had it locked up. the boys found the key. pierce's 14-year-old brother remains in custody. >> we were going to miss michael. michael was blessing to us for 12 years. we don't know how we will make it without him. >> reporter: michael pierce's family adopted him when he was four months old. his mother found him in the family's home on east 130 place last night. the 12-year-old was lying at bottom of the basement stairs with gunshot wounds to his head. pierce was pronounced dead about half hour after he was found. investigators say the evidence suggests this shooting was an accident. no charges have been filed. >> it had to be because they were like twins. they was -- when you saw one, you saw the other. they ran, played back and forth, up and down the block with rollers. whether those roller skates -- just fun kids. >> saw them last week sitting on the por
the red line to the far south side of chicago. the agency is using federal money to look at plans that would extend the red line from 95th street to 130th adding four stations along the way. the cta says the extension would run mostly along the union pacific railroad right of way. construction could begin in the next five years and be done by 2016. the price tag, $1.4 billion. >>> congress is likely the look very optimistically on this project because of the transportation needs because it serves such a low income and minority community, and it's likely that the federal government could pick up as much as 80% of the tab. >> chicago transit authority is already holding community planning meetings for the red line extension. residents have been giving plenty of input what they would like to see at the new stations. >>> mayor daley says he strongly believes foreign investors are onboard to build a high speed rail line downtown chicago. the mayor's pack from an over seas trip meeting with business ladyers china's industrial revolution is happening right now something we could learn
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, everyone, i'm robert jordan. >> and i'm jackie bange. wgnaerin maenades joins us with more. >> reporter: today, we saw a lot of customers. scoping out the deals in advance. >> home depot is matching it with another 15% off. >> the rebound program translating into big business. susan mckenzie said the last rebate program nearly doubled their daily sales in hours. >> i expected it to be big. i did not expect it to be that big. >> reporter: the federal program encouraging people to go green is widely subsaysful. >> this is going to help save energy for our state and our country and reduce emissions and help our environment. it's also going to create jobs. >> reporter: the state has $3 million in rebates to dole out. when the money is gone, the deal is over. this last spring, the funds were gone in four hours. >> friday morning at 8:00 am is when it -- >> reporter: rosy and her husband say this time, they are shopping in advance. >> we come in there often, now that he said 30% off. we'll be in there. >> reporter: friday's rebate program starts friday at 8:00 am. kim anderson has been scopin
for november 1st and november 3rd. >> thanks a lot. >>> guilty and headed to prison after providing a gun used to murder a depaul student. gave the gun to a fellow gang membership who was kicked out of a halloween party last year only to return and kill velancia. he didn't know the gun would be used in murder. the valencia family happy to see him go. >>> margaret matthews being comforted today. she is the one who shot a 12- year-old neighbor after they threw bricks at her house then at her. the incident happened yesterday afternoon. the boys have been terrorizing matthews for nearly a year. her stepson says he was defending herself. >> she shot a gun not intentionally to hurt anybody or take anyone's life. it was just out of fear of her trying to protect herself from this ongoing harassment. >> no charges being filed against ms. matthews. neighbors are helping repair her broken windows. >>> chicago plans on holding its first police entrance exam in four years because of the shortage. the experience requirements should be eliminated, one says. call telling the chicago sun times he wants to do a
sweet little girl was taken from us. >> >> reporter: maya would have been eight today, but her life was cut short by a hit-and-run driver. >> it is hard for me to wrap my mind around how slowly and quickly time has passed. >> reporter: today, hundreds took to the intersection where maya was run over after leaving the zoo with her mother and brother. >> the intersection will always carry memories for us of how maya was killed, we want you to remember as you walk how our little granddaughter lived. loud and silly, loving and well loved. >> reporter: today's walk helped to raise money for a park bench that bears maya's name. money will be donated to children's memorial hospital where maya died. the driver that killed maya was eventually caught and sent to prison. her parents say they will continue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety so no other parent suffers the same painful loss. bob? >> thanks so much. >>> the wife of u.s. representative jessie jackson junior are she was mortified and in agony when her husband told her of her extramarital affair. they have both undergone counsel
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